Artist Pays Homage To Black Activists With Afro Comb Portraits


Afro combs, or picks, are political and cultural symbols of African identity. And that’s part of why Nigerian artist Fred Martins chose to make portraits of influential Africans and African-Americans using the comb’s shape. 

The “Orange, Black and Freedom” collection from last year included icons like Nelson Mandela and Ruby Dee. This year, Martins has added an additional series to the collection of digitally-created portraits.

“All the African activists I included in this project, they all have the same story of confinement, as well as a strong will to fight for what they believe in,” Martins said. 

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